The family of a man who died in police custody earlier this week says they have not heard from the Dallas Police Department and they want answers.
Marshall Moreno's family is frank about the demons he battled including methamphetamine addition and mental illness.
"He's been in and out of mental institutions in the area for the last 11 years," said Roland Moreno, his son.
But they still want to know why the 43-year-old died Tuesday evening after a struggling with police.
It all started at a Circle K gas station. Moreno was in a car with his mother and aunt. They were trying to get help for him because they suspected he was on drugs again.
"He was trying to get out of the car and we didn't want him to get out because we had already asked him if he wanted to get some help at the rehab and he said yes," said Yolanda Hurtado, his aunt.
His mother went inside the gas station to ask the clerk to call 911 and a Dallas police officer working off duty came out.
Hurtado said as the officer approached her nephew he started ranting about not doing anything wrong and not wanting to be arrested. He tried to get away by running across the street to the parking lot of another gas station that faces Interstate 30.
Police said the officer called for backup at that point. And fearing that he would run onto the freeway, he tackled Moreno.
The two struggled and the officer lost his pepper spray to Moreno, then got it back and used it on him. He also used several knee strikes to get him under control, police said.
"If he was giving him knee strikes to the body, then how does my dad have a bruise on his forehead?" asked Roland Moreno.
Police said once Moreno was restrained the officers noticed his breathing was shallow. He was transported to Baylor Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The medical examiner has not yet determined his cause of death.
Moreno's family members said they understand he had some problems and that's why turned to police for help. But, they don't understand why that ended with his death.
"I just really want to know what happened, man, because that's what's bothering me. I don't know who to believe," Roland Moreno said.
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